Saturday, July 7, 2012

Allmendinger suspended for failed drug test

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Based on  the results of a random drug screening following last week’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, NACAR Sprint Cup Series Driver AJ Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended.

A release issued by NASCAR states:
Driver AJ Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended from NASCAR competition based upon notification of a positive "A" test NASCAR received from the Medical Review Officer as stated in Section 19-11B (6,7) of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy. Pursuant to the rule book, Allmendinger has the opportunity to request within the next 72 hours that his "B" sample be tested. 
NASCAR will follow its policies and procedures set forth in the rule book in dealing with this matter.
Penske Racing responded by issuing a brief statement:
NASCAR notified Penske Racing this afternoon that AJ Allmendinger was administered a drug test earlier this week, and those results tested positive. NASCAR has a strict drug testing program that Penske Racing fully supports. Penske Racing will work with NASCAR through this process and its next steps. Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the No. 22 car in tonight's Coke Zero 400.
Allmendinger, who is in his first year with Penske Racing, had qualified ninth for tonight’s race at Daytona International Speedway.

This isn’t the first time Allmendinger has been in hot water. In 2009 the then Richard Petty Motorsports driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated. After that incident Allmendinger was placed on probation by NASCAR and fined $10,000 by team owner Richard Petty who donated the money to charity.

Stay tuned as more details are sure to arise in the coming days regarding Allmendinger’s “temporary” suspension.

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